Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw courts implement case management plan

Fifteen courts in Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw are implementing a case management plan to try to restore the public’s faith in the judicial system.

Part of the Union Supreme Court’s Judicial Strategic Plan for 2018-22, the three-part programme will carry out five action plans.

A pilot project will be carried out in six townships in Mandalay and seven townships in Nay Pyi Taw’s Dekkhinathiri district. The President Office has instructed relevant agencies to cooperate with the project, said Mandalay Region High Court Chief Justice U Soe Thein.

“Case management is an arrangement to ensure cooperation between plaintiffs, attorneys and judicial staff with technological support from the beginning to the end of a case. We are trying to make courts reliable and trustworthy for the public. We are also trying to remedy the losses of each litigant. Modern crime management processes will save time,” U Soe Thein said.

The Union Supreme Court first published a Judicial Strategic Plan for 2015-2017 with the help of the US Agency for International Development’s Promoting the Rule of Law Project. A pilot project was carried out at courts in Hlaing Tharyar township in Yangon, Kayin State and Bago Region. There were good results, so it was expanded to Mandalay, Sagaing, Magwe and Ayeyarwady regions.

The current Judicial Strategic Plan is aimed at expanding the project step-by-step across the nation.

The plan aims to provide justice for all and promote public trust and confidence in the courts and rule of law.

The case management plan is aimed at giving clients and lawyers enough time to make preparations for trial, and ensuring transparency in the judicial process.

Crimes will be categorised and brought to trial within a specific time. Crimes that require immediate action will be brought to trial within 90 days, cases filed by police will be brought to trial within 180 days, and complicated cases within 270 days.

Implementing the plan will include conducting court surveys, setting up crime-tracking systems, case management, monitoring and reporting, said Daw Khin Khin Cho, staff officer of the Mandalay Region High Court.

“A survey of public satisfaction with the court system was conducted with the help of trainee lawyers and law students in June. It included ten questions which are used in international surveys, and its aim was to find the reasons for delays in cases, and a solution,” she said. – Translated

Source: Myanmar Times

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